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Defiance is finally here, the long-awaited Sci-Fi Action Third Person Action MMRORPG from Trion Worlds. It is one of the first MMOs to be ever released on the same day on Xbox 360 and PS3 alongside the PC version.Defiance tries to justify itself with fresh ideas, interesting game mechanics, different character progression, micro-transactions and being more story driven than most previous MMO games. So how do all these new ideas blend together and what kind of experience do they create?
Visual Style and Sound:
Defiance is a new action third-person MMORPG so the presentation must be particularly good in order to be impressed by the overall feel of the universe. Majority of MMO games are centered around elves, dwarves and humans. However, Defiance is a Sci-Fi MMO video game, so this makes things a bit more intriguing already.Trion Worlds did an excellent job with their dark-fantasy MMO Rift. It had a beautiful unique art-style and looked gorgeous on high-end PCs. So it’s highly exciting to see them go the Sci-Fi route this time around and what they can do.
The voice acting and the narrative story is also a delightful touch, characters are interesting, but some of them can be a bit annoying. The sound of bullets and laser can probably use a bit more work, but it didn’t bother me that much during gameplay.
The music in the game is kind of interesting, its a mix of techno and a bit of dub-step and it also continually loops almost every time you enter into a fight. It clearly adds a good immersion to the combat but sometimes can get a bit over-played.
Enemies in the World:
Throughout my experience in Defiance, I ventured through grassy and hilly areas, military bases and even small towns that you have to save from the horrific Hellbugs and Raiders gang members.The enemy variety so far seems lacking, majority of the time I was just encountering the same mutants for the beginning portion of the game that lasted a good three to four hours. The mutants are the first type of enemies you will come across in the world of Defiance. Mutants are also divided into different classes such as melee mutants, rifleman, heavy large mutants with machine-guns and grenade launchers and of course shotgun officers.As you continue playing the game, you will eventually encounter the Hellbugs.
Questing and Combat
The combat in Defiance is real-time and feels great for the most part. Its designed well enough to feel like a fast paced action game, and it gives a good break from the old-fashioned MMO combat.If you have played any other MMO games then questing in Defiance will be no different for the most part.The game is divided into different types of quests such as the story-line quests, side-quests and challenges.
[justify]The story-line quests are the most fun and the best that the game has to offer. They are full of in-game cinematics, dialogue and voice acting, however, the best part is that they’re fun and not super repetitive, unlike the game’s side-quests.
The side-quests consist of telling players to go to a specific location, repair a generator and fight off enemies. The main issue with that is that those quests repeat way too much and instead of repairing a generator you may have to turn on three switches instead, which in reality are exactly same thing and nothing different.
Co op missions
In Defiance players can participate in special cooperative missions which are essentially the same thing as a dungeon from other MMO games The cooperative missions are fun to do, and they’re well designed. I recommend you participate in them, especially if you have buddies that you enjoy gaming with.
PvP in Defiance is quite fun
The game provides battleground-like matches where players participate in team death-match battles. The PvP combat itself feel great, its fast-paced, hit detection works fine, lag was none-existent, and it felt as if you were playing an online third-person competitive multiplayer title.Defiance PvP also offers something called Shadow War.
Shadow War is equivalent of Battlefield 3′s Conquest mode However, PvP is not without its issues due to some abilities being overpowered such as invisibility and guns that infest players with some sort of alien goo that spawns bugs after the player dies this is a new game and PvP will always be changing and evolving.
Defiance is a new Sci-Fi MMO that is different and yet similar to other MMOs. Fun combat, nice art-style and overall feel,great driving mechanics, leveling system is interesting and different.The game has a lot of potential in the future, but currently lacks good character progression and has A.I issues
This game was reviewed on the PC, however i also did a PS3 Review for Defiance , in case you might be interested.[/justify]
If you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber living in the EU, we have some great news for you. Sony has given an early teaser of what the May 2013 PlayStation Plus update is going to include, revealing one game that will be added to the Instant Game Collection from May 1st. The service has gone from strength to strength in recent months and the latest game to be added should please a lot of you as well.
Without beating around the bush, we can tell you that the free game added to the EU is Hitman Absolution. The action thriller from Square-Enix was only released in November 2012, but it will be added to your PS Plus rentals for absolutely nothing. As mentioned above, the game will appear from May 1st, but there will also be other free games as well – Sony has just decided to reveal one at the moment.
Also bear in mind that this game applies to EU only
Aside from the unveiling of Hitman Absolution, Sony has also announced that a ‘declassified’ sale is also taking place as well. From April 10 onwards, a vast collection of games will be discounted from their usual prices, available for the lower prices until April 24 only.
Some of the games include Crysis 3, Alien Colonial Marines and the Splinter Cell complete pack. It’s also important to note that the prices listed on the PS Blog do not include an additional 10% discount for PS Plus members on top – so take advantage of the deals whilst they are there.
EU PS Plus subscribers
Sony has announced that it's to kick off a 'Declassified' sale on the European PlayStation Store later today when the digital marketplace is updated.The discounts listed below will run for two weeks to April 24, with PS Plus members benefiting from a further ten per cent reduction on all titles.
* Aliens: Colonial Marines: Was €59.99/£49.99, now €29.99/£19.99
* Crysis: Was €19.99/£15.99, now €9.99/£7.99
* Crysis 2: Was €19.99/£15.99, now €9.99/£7.99
* Crysis 2 Maximum Edition: Was €29.99/£23.99, now €14.99/£11.99
* Crysis 3: Was €69.99/£59.99, now €39.99/£29.99
* Deus Ex Human Revolution: Was €14.99/£10.99, now €5.99/£4.79
* Deus Ex Human Revolution Complete Edition: Was €24.99/£19.99, now €9.99/£7.99
* Hitman Absolution Digital Edition: Was €59.99/£49.99, now €23.99/£19.69
* Hitman Contracts HD: Was €12.99/£9.99, now €4.99/£3.99
* Hitman 2 Silent Assassin HD: Was €12.99/£9.99, now €4.99/£3.99
* Hitman Trilogy HD: Was €29.99/£19.99, now €11.99/£9.69
* Hitman Blood Money HD: Was €12.99/£9.99, now €4.99/£3.99
* Men in Black Alien Crisis: Was €59.99/£49.99, now €29.99/£19.99
* Metal Slug: Was €8.99/£7.29, now €3.99/£3.19
* Metal Slug 2: Was €8.99/£7.29, now €3.99/£3.19
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Game of the Year Edition: Was €14.99/£11.99, now
* Tom Clancy's G.R.A.W 2: Was €14.99/£10.99, now €5.99/£4.79
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas: Was €14.99/£11.99, now €5.99/£4.79
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory HD: Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent: Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow HD: Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell HD: Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Trilogy HD: Was €24.99/£19.99, now €10.99/£8.89
* Splinter Cell Complete Pack: Was €59.99/£49.99, now €19.99/£15.99
For NA/US PlayStation Plus Subscribers :
This week's big release is Labyrinth Legends, an adorable dungeon crawler for PSN.Get it on PS Plus free of charge, so get ready to enjoy some top-down exploration through massive mazes. You'll dodge traps, battle baddies and collect loads of loot in single player or multiplayer co-op/competitive modes.
"Labyrinth Legends", an Arcade/Adventure Dungeon Crawler in which you must brave mystical tunnels and dangerous crypts. To the disappointment of many, the campaign does not have co-op, and reportedly what co-op the game does have is local only.
They follow up the missile strike with another barrage of discounts. Sending in the recently released "Guacamelee!" (cross-buy version, PS+: $11.99), a popular FPS RPG known as "Borderlands 2" (PS+: $19.99), the original "Borderlands" (PS+: $6.99), a bundle which includes both the original and the sequel (PS+: $20.99), "Zombie Driver HD" (PS+: $5.99.
You can also get it with the soundtrack for $7.79, or just the soundtrack for $2.99, all on sale.), the "Zombie Driver HD Apocalypse Pack" (PS+: $1.79), and the four "Borderlands" DLC ("The Secret Armory Of General Knoxx", "Zombie Island", "New Revolution", and "The Underdome") each for $3.49 for PS+ members.
BioShock Infinite, the newest venture from creator Ken Levine and developer Irrational Games, takes you through the floating city of Columbia as Booker Dewitt, a former soldier and currently indebted gambler tasked with saving a girl named Elizabeth from the clutches of the city and its prophet......for more - BioShock Infinite Gameplay , Walkthrough, Weapons & Trophy Guide
Elizabeth is the prime example of a home-schooled girl — self-educated, naive, and, more than anything else, incredibly innocent and Soooooooo SEXY as well........................
BioShock Infinite wants you to notice Elizabeth. It tries its hardest to keep her in frame in natural ways even when the two of you are just idly exploring Columbia. The developers said that “she’ll find a way to entertain herself,” but in my experience, that usually means she’d pick a wall I was looking at to lean against with all the practiced aloofness of a hipster trying way too hard to achieve that “just woke up” look.
The game tries so hard to keep Elizabeth near you that I’d often turn around after examining some interesting poster or sign and find Elizabeth inches from my face.
Often characters regulated to a role like Elizabeth's stand off to the side, while each encounter relies on your powers and skills. I can't tell you how many times I've just wanted to scream at characters, "A little help here?" The developers at Irrational Games read my mind, because Elizabeth is an asset in battle, not just some character standing on the sidelines afraid to get her hands dirty.
Elizabeth could have just been another character in need of rescuing, but Irrational made her feel like a real person, not just a plot device to make the story function. She's a better companion for it, and one that I know will stick with me for some time.